Contemporary Native American Art Exhibit Opens This Saturday at Middletown Art Center – The Bloom

Photo: Corine Pearce installing the Earth, sky and everything in between exposure

The public is invited to the opening of Heaven earth and everything else – an exhibition of contemporary Native American art curated by renowned basket weaver and cultural educator Pomo Corine Pearce. The exhibition opens at the Middletown Art Center (MAC) this Saturday evening, July 9, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. An introduction and blessing will take place around 6:30 p.m. This is the first exhibit of its kind in Lake County.

The exhibition includes baskets, paintings, photos, digital media and installations. The artworks on display celebrate traditional cultural arts and resilience while highlighting current and long-standing challenges and issues, including ongoing colonialism, access to land, and place-based land management (also known as Traditional Ecological Knowledge or TEK), intergenerational trauma, disappearances and murders. Indigenous women, identity and amount of blood.

“The Heaven earth and everything else is a very exciting event for the small town of Middletown and Lake County,” said Middletown Rancheria Tribe Elder Millie Simon. “Indians honor the works of art of our ancestors. Our past, present and future connect through the arts of basket weaving and badge making. Art is education, and cultural education is very important among the tribes”.

The exhibition is part of the MAC’s year-long project Weaving baskets Weaving bridges co-designed by Corine Pearce with Millie Simon, Elem Cultural Educator Rose Steele, Adult Education Specialist at Lake Campus of Woodland Community College and MAC Board Member Mary Wilson, and Lisa Kaplan, Executive and Artistic Director from MAC. WEAVING uses the art of basket weaving as a vehicle for cross-cultural healing and understanding through cultural exposure and the holistic practice of weaving – from the cultivation and preparation of native plants to community weaving. Lake County Historical Museums will simultaneously display Pomo baskets that are normally in storage. Learn more about the project at middletownartcenter.org/weaving.

“It’s an honor to have the opportunity to create an Indigenous space at the MAC that includes Indigenous artists from this region and across (the country). It has been my pleasure to weave artists together and include family, friends and colleagues,” said Pearce, an enrolled member of the Redwood Valley Rancheria with ancestry from the Lake County and Mendocino Tribes. “Sharing a culturally significant topic with a wider audience benefits everyone. I hope this show is just the beginning of growing understanding and communication between diverse cultural communities.

Learn more about Corine Pearce, her weaving practice and work in communities to revitalize, maintain and share cultural traditions at www.corinepearce.com. The WEAVING project and the exhibition Earth, sky and everything in between are funded in part by Middletown Rancheria, Robinson Rancheria, Charlotte Griswold and the California Arts Council, a state agency (www.arts.ca.gov).

The MAC is located at 21456 State Hwy 175 at the junction of Highway 29 in Middletown. To know more about Earthly sky and everything in between or other events, programs, opportunities and ways to support MAC’s efforts to weave arts and culture into the fabric of life in Lake County, visit middletownartcenter.org or call 707-809-8118.

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